HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Professional baseball just added another familiar family name to its ranks. Kean Wong -- the brother of former Rainbow Kolten Wong -- was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 4th round of the MLB draft (128th overall).
Two picks later, Mid Pacific Institute shortstop, Isiah Kiner-Falefa was drafted 130th overall by the Texas Rangers. Kiner-Falefa admitted everything came as a shock because he expected teammate Marcus Doi to go ahead of him.
"What happened was he brought all the scouts down because he's an incredible player and they kind of saw me from him and so I thank him for that. I wasn't even expecting to get drafted in the top 10, but then I got the surprise call in the fourth round, so it felt good, felt amazing."
Kiner-Falefa says he will sign a contract with the Rangers and turn pro.
The same can be said for Wong, who said his barometer for playing for a paycheck or playing for a scholarship was being selected in the top four rounds. He too will sign his pro contract in the coming days.
"Oh, this is the best feeling in the world and I just can't wait to go up and start playing ball." Wong says. "It was my dream to play at Manoa and I always wanted to play in front of the fans but, having this opportunity to play ball is my dream and i'm not going to pass it up so, sorry Hawaii."
No need for an apology. Wong's signing bonus is expected to range between $390-thousand to $400-thousand.